An Extraordinary Cultural Journey to Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia

Overview

The intriguing lands of Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia offer a world of enchantment, with their traditional cultures, gorgeous scenery, elegant architecture, and mouth-watering cuisine. Our explorations immerse you deeply in this engaging realm with a private baci (“welcoming”) ceremony with villagers and a visit to a local silk-weaving community in Luang Prabang. We’ll overnight aboard a private junk in breathtaking Halong Bay, with its emerald waters and dramatic rock formations, visit the studio of a renowned artist in Hanoi, and explore the natural caves and Buddhist sanctuaries of Hue. Our grand finale is at dazzling Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s surreal jungle-shrouded city of temples lost in time.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-6
Luang Prabang, Laos / Hanoi, Vietnam

In Luang Prabang, a regal town of gilded temples, we visit 15th century shrines, boat up the Mekong River to the Buddhist caves at Pak Ou, and visit Hmong and Khamu hilltribe villages. Explore the vibrant back streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter by bicycle rickshaw, visit the studio of one of the city’s renowned artists, and enjoy a lunch of cha ca, Hanoi’s famous fish and noodle specialty.

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Days 7-9
Halong Bay / Hoi An

Our overnight cruise aboard a traditional junk allows you to savor evening and early morning vistas of Halong Bay, a magical realm of limestone islands set in a jade-green sea. In the picturesque riverside town of Hoi An, we watch local fishermen bring their catch to sell at a lively market on the quay.

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Days 10-12
Hue / Saigon

Visit the majestic royal tombs of the Nguyen emperors and explore their imperial citadel in Hue, Vietnam’s cultural capital. In Saigon, discover a historic palace, an ornate cathedral, and distinctive regional cuisine.

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Days 13-16
Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Covered with intricate bas-reliefs and scattered across a tropical landscape, Angkor Wat is a lasting monument to the glory of a bygone Khmer civilization. Amid some of the world’s architectural masterpieces, we explore majestic jungle-draped temples and structures with detailed carvings and colossal sculptured Buddha images. Depart from Siem Reap on Day 16.

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Highlights

Highlights

Visit Luang Prabang, an ancient town of temples
Discover Hanoi, “Paris of the Orient,” by bicycle rickshaw
Delight in the incredible beauty of Halong Bay aboard our private junk
Walk the immense temple city of Angkor Wat
Savor renowned regional cuisine including larb, a spicy Lao minced meat salad, and Bún bò Hu, a Vietnamese soup of beef and noodles.

Details

Length: 16 days
Cost From: $6095  
Arrive: Luang Prabang, Laos
Depart: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Lodging: 14 nights deluxe hotels, 1 night aboard private traditional junk
Meals: All meals included except 4 dinners
Activity: Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Cultural explorations and walking tours